San Francisco Bay Area Mommy Makeover Myths

Posted December 28, 2013 in Breast Augmentation, Breast Augmentation Lift, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Breast Reduction, Breast Reduction (Women), Home, Liposuction, Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty), Mommy Makeover, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Mommy Makeovers come in as many shapes and styles as there are mommies. The most common Mommy Makeover is the combination of Breast Augmentation (Breast Implants) and Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), but there are many variations that allow Board Certified Plastic Surgeons to optimize your results.

Mommy Makeover Before and After Pictures

The Mommy Makeover above included a Tummy Tuck and Breast Implants, but not all Mommy Makeovers include Breast Augmentation or Abdominoplasty.

The Mommy Makeover above included a Tummy Tuck and Breast Implants, but not all Mommy Makeovers include Breast Augmentation or even Abdominoplasty.

Myth 1 – Mommy Makeovers are only for Mommies

The alliteration of Mommy Makeover makes it easy to say and remember, but not all mommies need one, and not everyone who gets one is a mommy. The term Mommy Makeover refers to any combination of procedures used to improve the contours and proportions of the breasts and belly.

Aesthetic Breast Enhancement may include one or a combination of:

  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Reduction

While the core Body Work may include:

  • Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
  • Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty)
  • Liposuction

The Mommy Makeover is a commonly used combination to restore a woman’s body proportions after childbirth; however, it is also helpful after large weight losses and congenital predispositions.

Myth 2 – Mommy Makeovers Make Breasts Bigger

Mommy Makeovers do make breasts bigger most the time; however, some mommy’s breast do not get smaller after childbirth and breast feeding. For these mommies, a Breast Reduction which includes a Breast Lift may be the better option.

Breast Reduction Before and Afters

Some Mommy Makeovers include a Breast Reduction rather than Breast Augmentation.

Some Mommy Makeovers include a Breast Reduction rather than Breast Augmentation.

If your breast remain large after having children, a Breast Reduction offers the opportunity to correct the size of the breasts to something more proportionate for your body. As discussed in the previous Breast Reduction post, Reduction Mammoplasty does more than make breasts smaller. Breast Reduction can reduce the symptoms associated with large breasts (neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain and rutting, and inframammary rashes), includes a Breast Lift and as demonstrated above, can improve breast symmetry too.

Myth 3 – Mommy Makeovers Mean Tummy Tuck

Mommy Makeovers often include Tummy Tucks. When the abdomen is less stretched, however, less may be needed. After pregnancy or weight loss, when minimal loose skin is leftover, a Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty) or even Liposuction may be substituted for abdominal rejuvenation for the appropriate tummy.

Tummy Tuck and Liposuction Before and Afters Photos

The Tummy Tuck is the most frequently used procedure for Abdominal Rejuvenation during a Mommy Makeover, but smaller bellies may need smaller procedures like a Mini Tummy Tuck or Liposuction.

The Tummy Tuck is the most frequently used procedure for Abdominal Rejuvenation during a Mommy Makeover, but smaller bellies may need smaller procedures like a Mini Tummy Tuck or Liposuction.

Myth 4 – Mommy Makeovers Must be Done in One Operation

Usually, the Mommy Makeover is performed as a single procedure. The results are certainly more dramatic, but a Mommy Makeover can be staged. There are time and recovery saving advantages to combining the Mommy Makeover into a single operation, but the recovery for each procedure is easier when separated. While there is usually a small cost savings associated with combining procedures, for some it is easier to budget one procedure at a time. This has become less of an issue with the availability of Cosmetic Surgery Financing.

Mommy Makeover Before and Afters

Observant readers may have noticed the similarities between the Breast Reduction and Tummy Tuck with Liposuction pictures shown above. They are in fact the same person. Here, the results of the separate procedures are combined.

Observant readers may have noticed the similarities between the Breast Reduction and Tummy Tuck with Liposuction pictures shown above. They are in fact the same person. Here, the results of the separate procedures are combined.

The Mommy Makeover above is the result of staged procedures and a combination of Breast Reduction, Tummy Tuck and Liposuction. Individually, the results are excellent; however, improving just the breasts or the tummy alone would leave the other area looking worse and more disproportionate. You can visualize this by switching the tops and bottoms of the pictures above. When the two are combined, the synergy makes both areas look better.

Mommy Makeover Consultations

If you are looking for more general Mommy Makeover information, be certain to check out DrMele.com. When you are ready to learn how a Mommy Makeover can specifically help you, give my Walnut Creek Plastic Surgery office a call at (925) 943-6353, to schedule a personal Plastic Surgery consultation and find the combination Mommy Makeover that will work best for you.